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Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of PV systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
This co-existence or double-generation is known as “Solar Sharing” in Japan. The concept was originally developed by Akira Nagashima in 2004, who was a retired agricultural machinery engineer who later studied biology and learned the “light saturation point.” The rate of photosynthesis increases as the irradiance level is increased; however at one point, any further increase in the amount of light that strikes the plant does not cause any increase to the rate of photosynthesis.
We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."
Some of the most vulnerable places in the world to live in the face of climate change are islands. Rising sea levels, contaminated ground water, and increasing severity of storms are just some of the many threats to island communities. Many island residents also pay extremely high energy prices, due to limited domestic resources and the need to import fuel long distances. Switching to renewable energy can not only decrease fuel expenditures for many island populations, but can also show the world what can be done in the face of climate change.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark energy legislation AB 327 into law:
SEIA Commends Secretary Salazar, Obama Administration for Continued Commitment to Developing Solar Energy Projects on Public Land
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today on efforts by the Obama Administration, and particularly Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, to develop utility-scale solar energy projects on public lands.
Today Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA), testified before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing, "American Energy Initiative: Identifying Roadblocks to Wind and Solar Energy on Public Lands and Waters."
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced that it has hired Manning Feraci to serve as Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the organization effective Monday, May 9. Feraci will lead the organization's efforts on Capitol Hill.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the following statement today accompanying comments submitted today on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States (PEIS).
Solar Industry Praises Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Study of Solar PV's Impact on California Home Sale Price
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released the following statement today applauding findings in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s new study on the positive effect that photovoltaic systems have on home value in California.
Home furniture retailer Ikea has activated what it says is the largest rooftop solar array in Maryland at its distribution center in Perryville.
The Colorado Senate — over the strong objections of rural Republican lawmakers — passed a bill Monday increasing the amount of renewable energy that rural electricity cooperatives must use.
The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year.
Despite the buzz surrounding natural gas and its increased role in electricity generation, solar seems to be increasingly stealing the spotlight from the newly famous fossil fuel.
Solar energy accounted for 100% of new power generation built in the U.S. in the month of March.